Natural Sciences Textbooks

Read more about CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

Contributors: Cooper and Klymkowsky

Publisher: Michael Klymkowsky, Melanie Cooper

This text is intended to provide an in-depth introduction to the key ideas in chemistry. We have designed the book to show how these ideas are developed from simple to complex systems and how they relate to each other. We consider three ideas central to an understanding of chemistry: the structure of matter, the properties of matter, and the energy changes involved in the reorganization of matter; all are connected by the interactions or forces that cause matter to interact. We aim to provide compelling reasons why you will find yourself wanting to learn chemistry and to illustrate what you will be able to do with this knowledge once you have learned it.

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Read more about Biotechnology Foundations - 2nd Edition

Biotechnology Foundations - 2nd Edition

Contributor: O'Grady

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Given the broad definition of biotechnology applications and products, it is easy to see how there is enormous overlap within the fields of cellular biology, microbiology, chemistry, and biomedical engineering. It is the goal of this textbook to provide foundational knowledge to begin building your biotechnology toolkit and enter an exciting career of making a difference through biotechnology.

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Read more about An EKG Interpretation Primer

An EKG Interpretation Primer

Contributors: Christianson, Team, organization, and organization

Publisher: Nurses International Team

This book teaches healthcare professionals the basics of EKG interpretation and is available as a Creative Commons resource.

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Read more about Applications of Maxwell's Equations

Applications of Maxwell's Equations

Contributors: Cochran and Heinrich

Publisher: John F. Cochran, Bretislav Heinrich

This book was developed at Simon Fraser University for an upper-level physics course. Along with a careful exposition of electricity and magnetism, it devotes a chapter to ferromagnets. According to the course description, the topics covered were “electromagnetics, magnetostatics, waves, transmission lines, wave guides,antennas, and radiating systems.”

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Read more about Foundations of Epidemiology

Foundations of Epidemiology

Contributor: Bovbjerg

Publisher: Oregon State University

This book is intended to provide a basic introduction to epidemiologic methods and epidemiologic thinking. After reading this book, you should be able to read an epidemiologic study, understand what the authors did and why, and identify what they found. You will also have the tools to assess the quality of that study—how good is the evidence? What are potential sources of bias, and how might those have affected the results? This book will not teach you enough to be able to design and conduct your own epidemiologic studies—that level of understanding requires several years of specialized training. However, being able to read and understand the scientific literature about human health will allow you to apply that understanding to your own work in a nuanced, sophisticated way.

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Read more about Soils Laboratory Manual - K-State Edition

Soils Laboratory Manual - K-State Edition

Contributors: Moorberg and Crouse

Publisher: New Prairie Press

The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses, and highlights the many aspects of soil science, including: soil genesis and classification, soil physical properties, soil-water interaction, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. The lab manual includes 15 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports.

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Read more about Physical Geology - First University of Saskatchewan Edition

Physical Geology - First University of Saskatchewan Edition

Contributor: Panchuk

Publisher: University of Saskatchewan

Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada. It is adapted from "Physical Geology" written by Steven Earle for the BCcampus Open Textbook Program.

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Read more about A Student's Guide to Tropical Marine Biology

A Student's Guide to Tropical Marine Biology

Contributors: Zanga, Boraski, and Olendorf

Publisher: Kenyon College

A Student’s Guide to Tropical Marine Biology is written entirely by students enrolled in the Keene State College Tropical Marine Biology course taught by Dr. Karen Cangialosi.Our goal was to investigate three main aspects of tropical marine biology: understanding the system, identifying problems, and evaluating solutions. Each of the sections contains chapters that utilize openly licensed material and images, and are rich with hyperlinks to other sources. Some of the most pressing tropical marine ecosystem issues are broken up into five sections: Coral Reefs and Diversity, Common Fishes to the Coral Reef, Environmental Threats, Reef Conservation, and Major Marine Phyla. These sections are not mutually exclusive; repetition in some content between chapters is intentional as we expect that users may not read the whole book.

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Read more about Electromagnetics Vol 2

Electromagnetics Vol 2

Contributor: Ellingson

Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

Electromagnetics, volume 2 by Steven W. Ellingson is a 216-page peer-reviewed open textbook designed especially for electrical engineering students in the third year of a bachelor of science degree program. It is intended as the primary textbook for the second semester of a two-semester undergraduate engineering electromagnetics sequence. The book addresses magnetic force and the Biot-Savart law; general and lossy media; parallel plate and rectangular waveguides; parallel wire, microstrip, and coaxial transmission lines; AC current flow and skin depth; reflection and transmission at planar boundaries; fields in parallel plate, parallel wire, and microstrip transmission lines; optical fiber; and radiation and antennas.

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Read more about Human Anatomy Lab Manual

Human Anatomy Lab Manual

Contributor: Wilk-Blaszczak

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

This is a lab manual for a college-level human anatomy course. Mastery of anatomy requires a fair amount of memorization and recall skills. The activities in this manual encourage students to engage with new vocabulary in many ways, including grouping key terms, matching terms to structures, recalling definitions, and written exercises. Most of the activities in this manual utilize anatomical models, and several dissections of animal tissues and histological examinations are also included. Each unit includes both pre- and post-lab questions and six lab exercises designed for a classroom where students move from station to station. The vocabulary terms used in each unit are listed at the end of the manual and serve as a checklist for practicals.

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